A few side effects were observed in studies on consuming mulberry fruit. Since mulberry has potential properties that may lower blood glucose levels, it might be dangerous for people suffering from low blood glucose levels to consume mulberries. There are reported cases of allergies caused by the consumption of mulberry. It is suggested that you should consume mulberry in moderation and monitor your body’s reaction if you are eating them for the first time. However, if you experience any adverse reactions to mulberries, immediately contact a doctor or your Ayurvedic physician who has prescribed it. They will be able to guide you appropriately for your symptoms.
Mulberry Side Effects
This may lead to hypoglycemia
Mulberries are known to lower blood sugar. In studies, mulberry extracts could lower blood sugar levels in normal and diabetic mice. In humans, mulberry tea suppresses the postprandial rise of blood glucose levels after 90 minutes of its consumption. Mulberry leaf extracts, like α-glucosidase, may help delay carbohydrate digestion. This can lead to a sudden drop in blood glucose levels, especially in those already on diabetic medication. As per anecdotal evidence, the symptoms may include hunger, headache, blurred vision, excessive sweating, dizziness, confusion, and tremors. Mulberries, hence, must be eaten with caution. It is essential to consult a licensed medical professional if you are planning on taking mulberry extract supplements to treat diabetes or obesity.
May cause gastrointestinal discomfort
Mulberries and their derivatives may cause indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, and bloating. In a study, patients who took a mulberry leaf tablet dyslipidemia treatment experienced mild diarrhea (26%), dizziness (8.7%), constipation, and bloating (4.3%). Moreover, the latex (milky white sap) from mulberries is toxic, especially to insects and caterpillars. This latex can cause mild skin irritation in humans. It is not advisable to ingest it as it may cause stomach upset, bloating, and diarrhea.
May hinder carbohydrate absorption
Mulberries are known to hinder carbohydrate absorption. Research shows that inhibition of carbohydrate absorption may help in weight control and diabetes treatment. A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that tea extracts (including mulberry) resulted in carbohydrate malabsorption. This property of mulberry can interfere with the optimal absorption of nutrients and lead to detrimental effects on the body.
May have a detrimental effect on the kidneys
Mulberry leaves may help relieve the symptoms of gout by lowering uric acid levels. Hence, avoid taking mulberry leaves if you are already on medication to lower uric acid levels. Mulberries are also high in potassium, which is integral for the proper functioning of the body. Anecdotal evidence suggests that high potassium levels may result in dehydration and internal bleeding. High potassium levels may also cause fatigue, numbness, nausea, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, and palpitations. Hence, people with chronic kidney disease must limit or even avoid mulberry intake.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can you be allergic to mulberries?
A. Yes. Although rare, people can be allergic to mulberries. They can cause sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. Consult a licensed professional if these symptoms persist.
Q. Can mulberries get you high?
A. Unripe mulberries can cause mild hallucinations and affect the central nervous system. However, further studies are needed to understand the exact cause, dose, and mechanism.
Q. How do you eat mulberries?
A. You can eat them fresh. Make sure you wash them thoroughly before you consume them. Mulberries, fresh or frozen, go well with porridge, smoothies, and salads. You can also have mulberry-based desserts and cakes.
Q. Can mulberries increase skin cancer risk?
A. There is no scientific evidence to support this claim. However, artificially lightening your skin may increase the risk of skin cancer.
Q. Do mulberries interfere with chemotherapy?
A. It is better to avoid mulberries if you are undergoing chemotherapy unless the doctor specifically permits their use. It is believed that the anti-cancer properties of mulberry extracts may interfere with the chemotherapy protocol. However, more research is warranted in this regard.
Q. How many mulberries should I eat in a day?
A. You should limit your daily intake of mulberries to about a cup.
Q. Is mulberry a laxative?
A. Yes. A mice study found that black mulberries have laxative and antidiarrheal properties (used to bulk up a stool).
Q. Is mulberry acidic or alkaline?
A. Mulberry has a slightly acidic pH (between 4.7 to 6.7).